On May 31, the Federal Communications Commission implemented various recommendations of the FCC's Independent panel reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on communications networks.
Federal Communications Commission will hold a localism hearing in the afternoon and evening in Portland, ME, on June 28, 2007.
On March 20, 2007, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio submitted applications seeking consent to transfer control of its FCC licenses and authorizations pursuant to an agreement and plan of merger from Feb. 19, 2007.
According to a release from the FCC, the order promotes the development of fully digital next generation technologies and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.
In March, the FCC announced that a filing window for new and major-change NCE-FM applications will be opened in October.
Many of the details of the ruling were posted in the Radio Currents after they were adopted. This is to provide a link to the text.
The FCC's Disaster Information Reporting System for various communications services is being developed to better prepare the government to disseminate information during a major disaster. The FCC conducted a training session on the system on May 23. The new system will serve as a focal point for information on the condition of communications infrastructure in affected areas. DIRS will only be activated for catastrophic situations.
The FCC is in the process of implementing the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), a system that help the government respond to disasters by providing the necessary materials and supplies for communications needs where they are needed most.
AM daytimers enjoyed a reprieve from pre-sunrise/post-sunset power reductions that might otherwise have been imposed on them on March 11, 2007. The reprieve
The commission has always been subject to political influence—as an agency created and funded by Congress, this is to be expected—but a blatant rule override to accommodate a politically connected illegal operator is discouraging to the honest broadcasters.
A pirate LPFM station in Goldfield, NV, operated by Rod Moses, has shown radio pirates how to circumvent the FCC rules.
As long as the licensee has been preparing its annual EEO public file reports—a requirement for all stations that have five or more full-time employees—and those reports indicate that EEO-sensitive recruitment procedures have been followed except in extraordinary situations, no compliance issues should arise.
FCC Update covered the major elements of the new rules in the January issue of Radio magazine. Here are some clarifications of the matters previously covered as well as some new insights into the FCC's order.
In the past year, the Avian Group has filed a petition to the FCC to halt licensing and license renewals for all communications towers in the Gulf Coast region, as well as a suit against the FCC regarding seven towers in Hawaii that are alleged to be harming two endangered bird species.
In November the Commission adopted rules that streamline the way in which the communities of license of existing AM and FM stations can be changed. The
Your new or latest station license has arrived. How you deal with it can have a huge effect on your future.
Since April 2004 Internet radio stations were supposed to be keeping detailed records about the songs they were playing. The problem was that the CRB had not specified what was to be done with those records...until now. What's worse is that the reporting requirement may completely kill Internet streaming altogether.
Petitioners proposing to reserve FM allotments for noncommercial use will now be able to use actual terrain data to show compliance with the first and second local service requirement.